5 Ways to Distract Yourself From Your Adult Separation Anxiety

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Not many people understand adult separation anxiety, because separation anxiety is often thought of as something only kids have from their parents. I never realized I had separation anxiety until I started researching my very severe symptoms.

If you struggle with this type of anxiety, you know that it’s some of the worse anxiety you’ll ever face. It’s complete torture, and the only thing that really helps heal your anxiety is the person who you’re separated from.

Still, I recently started to try out different coping mechanisms. Remember these are temporary solutions, and they don’t go to the root of the problem. But in times of really intense anxiety, these are 5 things I turn to when my separation anxiety is really high.

5 Coping Mechanisms for Adult Separation Anxiety


I used to despise cleaning. Now I’m actually starting to really like it.

When my separation anxiety takes fires, I luckily always have something to clean up. I’m a naturally messy person, and my depression makes me even more slobby and unorganized.

The repetitive motion of tidying up really helps calm my nerves. Cleaning up also distracts my thoughts, because I’m constantly reorganizing and decluttering so much.

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l used to think watching TV shows on Netflix helped my separation anxiety until I realized how much more movies helped me.

If I know I’m not going to see my boyfriend all day, I plan a movie marathon in my head. Yeah, it might seem lazy to some people to watch movies all day, but I love them so much. Honestly, they’re such a lifesaver.

I get so transfixed by movies. The storytelling, the music, the characters. All of it takes me on a journey away from my constant anxiety.



Video games are good for your mental health. I don’t care what all the naysayers say. They are some of my best allies.

Video games help tame my severe separation anxiety and the suicidal thoughts that come with it. They’ve even helped me prevent myself from self-harm.

Shooter games, puzzle games, adventure games, fighting games, sport games, roleplaying games. You name it. There are so many different types of video games. The possibilities of finding a game you connect with are endless.

Personally, I really recommend playing Flower. The first time I finished playing it, I cried. It was such an emotional, calming experience for me.

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Watching YouTube videos helps me fight the loneliness I feel late at night. They let me wake up in a house that isn’t so quiet. And most importantly, they help me stop thinking about suicide.

I’ll always put a few on when my separation anxiety starts to get the best of me. There’s something really relaxing about YouTube videos.

I typically find recipe or beauty videos especially calming. I’ve been really loving Nikki Vegan‘s meal ideas and Jessica Braun‘s declutter videos lately.

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Baths have become my best friend recently. I take one almost every night as a form of daily therapy, and I have been amazed by how much better I feel.

Taking a bath naturally helps our anxiety. The hot water helps calm our minds and relax our bodies. Baths have even been said to help fight things like mild insomnia.

Taking a bubble bath can even help detox the body, which is probably my favorite benefits of baths. The easiest way is to run some epsom salt under hot water, relax for 30 minutes, and rinse off. By the time I dry off, my separation anxiety isn’t as high anymore.

If you have adult separation anxiety, what do you do to help yourself cope?

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